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FAQ – Miscellaneous RV Lifestyle Questions

Check battery water level monthly Make it a point to check the water level on non-sealed house batteries every month. This is especially important in warm weather when the RV batteries are in use. If the level is low, add distilled water to bring it up to the bottom of

FAQ – RV Moisture and Condensation Control

What are common sources of air moisture in an RV? The following are the most common sources of air moisture: Humidity outside the RV Showering and bathing Steam produced by cooking Water vapor as byproduct of burning propane Exhaled air by people and pets Steps to reducing condensation The precise

FAQ – RV Waste Waster (Eww!)

Keep black tank valve closed Open the black tank valve only when dumping the contents. Keep it closed at all other times, even when hooked up to sewage. Leaving the black tank valve open will cause disagreeable odors in and around your RV and it can dry out solid waste

FAQ – RV Insurance 101

RV insurance can be much more complicated than standard auto insurance. In addition to liability and accident protection, you also need to consider attachments such as solar panels and satellites, as well as the value of any personal property inside the RV. This FAQ is your guide to learning the

FAQ – Purchasing an RV 101

Some of the product links are on this page are affiliate links. If you click through and purchase, I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. See Privacy Policy. Thanks! Where can I find RV ratings? The most comprehensive list of RV ratings have been compiled by the

FAQ – Life on the Road in an RV

How do I prepare an RV for departure? It is crucial to use a departure checklist to make sure all steps have been completed before the RV is moved. Start with the RV Departure Checklist: Motor Homes or RV Departure Checklist: Trailers and customize it with specific steps applicable to your RV, as described

FAQ – Fuel, Gas, Diesel, and How RVs Get Around

How much fuel does an RV consume (mpg)? RV fuel consumption is affected by vehicle weight, engine size, fuel type, driving habits, gear ratios, wind resistance, topography, and numerous other factors. Without knowing a lot of details about an RV, it is impossible to estimate a narrow mpg (miles per

What Kind of RVer Are You? RV Lifestyles Examined!

All RV lifestyles have many things in common, yet each has a distinct set of characteristics that set them apart. In this article I attempt to capture the most significant characteristics of the major lifestyle categories: RV Camper or Weekender, Vacationer, Snowbird, and Fulltimer. RV terminology evolves with the rest